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Stories for February 27, 2013

Elementary School Principal Named New San Diego Unified Superintendent

Feb. 27
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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The principal of Central Elementary School will succeed San Diego Unified Superintendent Bill Kowba, the San Diego Unified School District announced Wednesday.

Conservative Justices Skeptical Of Key Part Of Voting Law

Feb. 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed prepared on Wednesday to invalidate a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law is considered the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in the nation's history.

First Responders Learn How To Handle Animals During Emergencies

Feb. 27
By Erik Anderson
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Dealing with a large, scared animal can be a nightmare at a crash scene or in a wildfire. That's why first responders are gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds today. They are getting training that might help them in a crisis.

SCOTT & BAILEY: Season One

Feb. 27
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A thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright. Detective Constable Rachel Bailey is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single. Her partner, Detective Constable Janet Scott, is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother. They both work for Manchester Metropolitan Police's prestigious Murder Investigation Team and, despite the obvious differences between them, the fact that they are often thrown together in difficult situations means they have developed a robust friendship.

Filner Has New Plans For Plaza de Panama

Feb. 27
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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From political realities to Plaza de Panama, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner covered a lot of ground in his official monthly meeting with the media.

Republican Lawmakers Aim to Make College Affordable

Feb. 27
Amy Quinton, California Capital Network
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Several Republican state lawmakers are authoring legislation they say will make college more affordable in California.

Sequester Could Spell $23 Million in Cuts to California Health, Social Programs

Feb. 27
Pauline Bartolone, California Capital Network
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A White House report says thousands of California children would go without vaccines, and disadvantaged kids will lose day care.

Mexican Union Boss Accused of Embezzlement Has San Diego Ties

Feb. 27
By Adrian Florido
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Mexican federal prosecutors say the union boss bought two homes in Coronado and spent more than $2 million at Fashion Valley's Neiman Marcus store, all with stolen money.

Field Poll: More Californians Favor Legalizing Pot

Feb. 27
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network
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A new Field Poll finds increasing support among Californians for legalizing marijuana.

As States Embrace Online Gambling, Questions Arise

Feb. 27
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Several states are rushing to establish a foothold in online gambling -- an activity that federal officials were only recently trying to ban.

Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest With Trevor Nunn

Feb. 27
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Trevor Nunn, the legendary director who has directed 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and is determined to complete them all before he retires, takes viewers through the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare’s last complete play. Among the enthusiastic students of the play who contribute ideas about the role of Prospero is the Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Helen Mirren and director Julie Taymor, who collaborated on the most recent film adaptation — with Mirren playing a female Prospera.

As Pope Resigns, Clergy Abuse Survivors Remember 2008 Meeting

Feb. 27
Tovia Smith / NPR
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Among those watching the papal transition closely are survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including a handful who were selected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI five years ago as the crisis raged.

For Bloomberg, Guns (Like Big Sodas) Are A Health Issue

Feb. 27
Frank James / NPR
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The victory of a pro gun-control candidate in the Illinois Democratic primary race to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was also a political win for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose superPAC backed the winner over a candidate it linked to the NRA.

Sequester Spells Uncertainty For Many Public Schools

Feb. 27
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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If Congress and the Obama administration can't agree on a budget deal by Friday, the federal government will be forced to cut $85 billion from just about every federally funded program. Every state could lose federal aid, and a myriad of government programs could shut down or curtail services -- and that includes the nation's public schools.

DHS Official Retires After Immigrants Are Freed

Feb. 27
ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
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The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The government said he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire.

5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration

Feb. 27
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Only a few more hours until the sequestration kicks in. You can feel the tension. The anxiety. The pre-panic attack.

San Diego Expected To Have $3.6 Million Budget Surplus, Report Says

Feb. 27
City News Service
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Revenues coming into the city of San Diego are running above projections through the first six months of the fiscal year, and that should result in officials having an extra $3.6 million to spend, according to a report presented to a City Council committee today.

Two Navy Divers Die During Dive Operation

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy reported today that two Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 died during a dive operation on Tuesday.

Latinos May Be Key To Future Of GOP In California

Feb. 27
Midday Edition
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Republicans are headed to the state convention in Sacramento this weekend. Among them, Ruben Barrales who's leading a Republican political action committee focused on recruiting and electing Latinos.

State Capitol Flags Lowered To Honor Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Governor Jerry Brown ordered all flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today in honor of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathan Davis.

Release Of ICE Detainees Draws Mixed Reaction

Feb. 27
By Jude Joffe-Block
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ICE confirmed that several hundred immigrant detainees were recently released from detention facilities nationwide. Figures from Tuesday showed that less than 12 percent of Arizona's population of detained immigrants had been released.

Navy SEAL Lost At Sea Was California Native (Video)

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has released the name of the SEAL who went missing during an ocean training exercise near Oahu. He was Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Matthew John Leathers, 33, of Woodland, California.

Economists See Budget Cuts Putting The Recovery At Risk

Feb. 27
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Getting economists to agree with each other isn't easy. But Congress and the White House have managed to unite them.

Cheesecake Factory, IBM Team Up To Crack The Code Of Customer Bliss

Feb. 27
Joe Palca / NPR
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Consider the following entirely fictitious but totally plausible scenario:

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Skydiving Accident (+Video)

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine plummeted to his death yesterday in Perris during a skydiving accident. Several witnesses say his parachute failed to open.

FAA's Air Traffic Control Sequester Cuts Would Hit Calif. Airports

Feb. 27
Rich Ibarra, Capital Public Radio
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The FAA is planning to close air traffic control towers at commuter airports in San Diego, Santa Monica, Sacramento and Riverside if the sequester takes effect. It's also looking at eliminating overnight service at three large California airports.

San Diego Architect Envisions A Vertical Farm For Downtown

Feb. 27
By Susan Murphy
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An aspiring San Diego architect is hoping to take farming to new heights. His crop field is indoors, there’s no dirt to plow and the climate is just right.

Youth Incarceration Rates Still High In California

Feb. 27
Midday Edition
By Megan Burks
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A new report finds youth incarceration is down nationwide, but California still has a fairly high rate: 271 per 100,000 young people. That’s the 11th highest in the country. We take a look at how those numbers break down in San Diego.

Feds Inspect San Onofre's Cyber Security Training Amid Years of Employee Complaints

Feb. 27
By Amita Sharma
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Federal regulators began inspection of San Onofre nuclear plant’s cyber security program this week. The inspection is routine and is being done at all of the nation's 65 nuclear plants. But the check at San Onofre comes several months after an employee alerted plant majority owner Southern California Edison that many at the facility had fallen behind on cyber security training. Senior managers were also included on the list.

Countdown To Sequester: Three Stories That Sum It Up

Feb. 27
Scott Neuman / NPR
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As a public service to our readers this week we've been offering a list of three stories each day that we think illuminate the looming sequester (or at least the debate over it), set to be triggered by the passing of Friday's deadline.

Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says

Feb. 27
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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Most Americans are earning more money than their parents, according to a new study from Pew's Economic Mobility Project. But those gains don't tell the whole picture.

Younger Women Have Rising Rate Of Advanced Breast Cancer, Study Says

Feb. 27
Richard Knox / NPR
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Researchers say more young American women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

Feb. 27
Jane Greenhalgh and Patti Neighmond / NPR
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Most families know that their kids need to exercise. In a poll that NPR recently conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, practically all of the parents surveyed said it's important for their kids to exercise. But about one third of them said that can be difficult.

At 85, 'Old-School' Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

Feb. 27
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In Working Late, a series for Morning Edition, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Feb. 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.